Who I am

My hope is to shed light on dignity and humanity while planning for how people get around. My strengths are in evaluating and analyzing data, developing inclusive public outreach and engagement strategies, and helping to make plans to improve public transit. I’m fluent in US mainstream English and can also speak Spanish well. I can also speak French and Japanese conversationally. I have some knowledge of standard mandarin Chinese, though at this point, I need a big lift from dictionaries to continue to read things.

What I enjoy doing at work

  • Discussing what events and activities best engage people
  • Evaluating and analyzing transit networks
  • Preparing presentations
  • Working on street designs which give priority to people on buses and in trains
  • Collaborating with partner organizations – right now this is neighboring municipalities, state agencies

Where I’ve worked

Transit Planner (at the Associate level), Environment and Transportation Planning Division
Community Development Department, City of Cambridge
June 2020 – Present (2+ years)

  • Coordinated the work of the City on advancing bus priority and the City’s Transit Strategic Plan
  • Co-staffed a 17-person advisory committee
  • Participated in an internal advisory board to create a handbook on equitable community engagement
  • Participated in streetscape and street design review
  • Assisted in project management
  • Assisted in development review
  • Oversaw the work of a part-time intern

Assistant Planner, Environment and Transportation Planning Division
Community Development Department, City of Cambridge
April 2018 – June 2020 (2.25 years)

  • Co-staffed a 13 to 17-person city advisory committee
  • Assisted in development and street design review
  • Developed strategy for inclusive public outreach to identify needs for public transit riders
  • Developed materials for public outreach and engagement
  • Assisted in project management
  • Assisted in the oversight of a part-time intern

Transit Planner, Transit Service Planning Group
Central Transportation Planning Staff/Boston Regional MPO
January 2014 – April 2018
Boston, MA

  • Conducted Title VI/Environmental Justice analyses for transit agency
  • Assisted in writing FTA triennial reports on Title VI/Environmental Justice
  • Managed data collection and analysis for National Transit Database service submissions
  • Provided technical asssstance to municipalities in the MPO region
  • Assisted in managing field staff

Intern, Planning & Research
Metrolink/Southern California Regional Rail Authority
February 2012 – December 2013 (1 year 10 months)
Los Angeles, CA

  • Assisted in writing Title VI Service Equity Analysese
  • Assisted in developing Title VI/EJ policies
  • Created monthly reports on regional economic conditions, internal business metrics
  • Wrote memos on ridership characteristics and local profiles
  • Researched transportation modeling, carpool and ridesharing, and commuter bus supplemental services
  • Created online customer surveys and assisted in the development of survey questionnaires

HelpDesk Technician
Soka University of America
June 2006 – August 2011 (5 years 3 months)

  • Provided in-person, electronic, and telephone support to a small university community of approximately 500 users.
  • Supervised a team of ten to twelve part-time student employees
  • Conducted training for student staff
  • Administered servers for the general operation of the help desk
  • Developed content for website and social media page

Student Technician
October 2002 – May 2006 (Service years: 3 years 2 months)

What I’ve contributed to

Community Engagement Advisory Board, City of Cambridge Community Development Department
Member of the Board, 2020-2022
Visit their webpage

Sustainable Transport Council/Greenroads
Member of the Board, 2017 to 2019
Visit their webpage

Where I got my degrees

MURP – Master of Urban and Regional Planning
University of California – Irvine, CA
Graduated June 2013
Professional Report: First- and Last-mile Strategies for Metrolink

BA in Liberal Arts, Concentration in International Studies
Soka University of America – Aliso Viejo, CA
Graduated May 2006
Senior Capstone: Regionalism in Spain and the European Union Context

International Baccalaureate Diploma & Regular Diploma
Poudre High School – Fort Collins, CO
Graduated May 2002
Senior Capstone : Carfree Cities